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   OH ISRAEL, WHY WILL YE DIE?



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Published On : March 26, 1998

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Jewish Pride And Belligerence, Pharaoh Necho And Josiah,
King Nebuchadnezzar, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin And Zedekiah,
Jeremiah And Ezekiel, America's Wayward Child, The Israeli
Palestinian Peace Talks, The Triple 666, The Jubilee Year,
War In 1998?, The Fall Of Jerusalem, Martial Law,
Stereotypes, Who Is To Blame?, The Reason For It All




This article comes in the wake of the fact that, despite new
initiatives taken by the government of the United States of
America to revitalize the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,
and thus avert another possible Arab-Israeli war, the proud
hawkish government of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of
Israel, continues to display nothing but belligerence
towards the land-for-peace negotiations. In reading both the
Old and the New Testaments, one quickly discovers that these
qualities of being stubborn and rebellious have been traits
of the Jewish people for literally thousands of years. Not
only has it gotten them in trouble with the Lord many times
throughout their long history, but it has also caused them
un necessary hardships due to their lack of willingness to
submit to their conquerors. In one example, which I have
shared in another article, King Josiah of Judah lost his
life needlessly all because of his childish pride:

"After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho
king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by
Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him. But he sent
ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee,
thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but
against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me
to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is
with me, that he destroy thee not. Nevertheless Josiah would
not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he
might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of
Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley
of Megiddo. And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the
king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore
wounded. His servants therefore took him out of that
chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and
they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried
in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and
Jerusalem mourned for Josiah." (2 Chronicles 35:20-24)

As can be seen, Pharaoh Necho clearly told King Josiah that
he had not come up to fight against him, but rather was just
passing through Israel on his way to fight a battle at
Carchemish against the king of Syria. Despite this clear
overture of peace, Josiah still challenged him in the plain
of Esdraelon, and lost his life needlessly. It was shortly
after this that Pharaoh Necho, realizing what kind of people
the Jews were, made Israel a subjugated nation. After
Josiah's death, Necho then took Josiah's son Jehoahaz, who
had been crowned the new king, to Egypt as a prisoner of
war. He then replaced Jehoahaz with his brother Eliakim as a
puppet king whom he renamed Johoiakim:

"And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of
Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the
land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a
talent of gold. And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of
Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his
name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to
Egypt, and died there." (2 Kings 23:33-34)

It wasn't too long after this that Pharaoh Necho suffered a
great military defeat in Syria at the hands of upcoming
Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, the son of Nabopolassar.
From this point on, in accordance with the word of the Lord
through the mouth of His Prophets, the Egyptian Empire was
greatly diminished in land area and military power. This is
also covered in such articles as 'The Seven Heads' series:

"And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his
land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of
Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the
king of Egypt." (2 Kings 24:7)

Another clear example of Jewish belligerence can be found
in the Babylonian invasion, which again, I have covered in
great detail in 'The Seven Heads' series. The main point is
that Jerusalem did not have to suffer as horribly as it did.
In fact, had not Josiah's descendants broken their word of
allegiance to King Nebuchadnezzar, no one would have had to
lose their life. Sadly, despite the fact that the young
Prophet Jeremiah warned the Israeli leadership for forty
years to not rebel against the King of Babylon, but rather
to submit, and to take it as a chastisement from the Lord,
proud King Jehoiakim broke his promise after three years and
conspired against Nebuchadnezzar. As a result of this, the
Babylonian king put him in chains and carried him off to
Babylon where he apparently died:

"Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to
reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God.
Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and
bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon."
(2 Chronicles 36:5-6)

Following in his father's footsteps, Jehoiachin also did
evil in the sight of the Lord; and we are told that within a
year of Jehoiakchin becoming the new king, King
Nebuchadnezzar had become fed up with him, and also had him
taken to Babylon and imprisoned. It wouldn't be until
thirty-seven years later that Babylonian King Evil-Merodach
would release him:

"Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations
which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they
are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah:
and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead. Jehoiachin was
eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three
months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was
evil in the sight of the LORD. And when the year was
expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent, and brought him to
Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house of the LORD,
and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and
Jerusalem." (2 Chronicles 36:8-10)

"And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month,
on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that
Evilmerodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to
reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out
of prison; And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne
above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;
And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread
continually before him all the days of his life. And his
allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a
daily rate for every day, all the days of his life."
(2 Kings 25:27-30)

Following the reign of Jechoichin, King Nebuchadnezzar
decided to give the Jews a third chance to redeem
themselves; so he installed Jehoiachin's brother, Zedekiah,
as the next puppet king in Jerusalem. As we know, this
foolish king turned out to be no better than his two
predecessors. The final chapter of the second Book of
Chronicles ends in the following manner:

"Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to
reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did
that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and
humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking
from the mouth of the LORD. And he also rebelled against
king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he
stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto
the LORD God of Israel. Moreover all the chief of the
priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all
the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of
the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD
God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising
up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his
people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the
messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his
prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his
people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon
them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with
the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no
compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that
stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. And all the
vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the
treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the
king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of
Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and
destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had
escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where
they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of
the kingdom of Persia: To fulfil the word of the LORD by the
mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths:
for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil
threescore and ten years." (2 Chronicles 36:11-21)

As we can see here, the Lord literally pleaded with Zedekiah
through the mouth of the Prophet Jeremiah, to not rebel
against King Nebuchadnezzar, but to submit himself and his
people, including the spiritual hierarchy, the Sanhedrin,
and to accept it as a Divine Chastisement for their
waywardness in following after the pagan gods of the
heathen. Exactly what were some of the words of the Prophet
Jeremiah? Consider the following strong example:

"And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom
which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of
the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the
LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the
pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your
diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor
to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall
not serve the king of Babylon: For they prophesy a lie unto
you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should
drive you out, and ye should perish. But the nations that
bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and
serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land,
saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell therein. I
spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these
words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king
of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. Why will
ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine,
and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against the
nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?"
(Jeremiah 27:8-13)

Notice exactly what the Lord asks the people of Jerusalem:

"WHY WILL YE DIE?"

The Lord used the Prophet Ezekiel to preach the very same
message to the Jews. However, unlike Jeremiah, whose main
ministry occurred prior to the captivity, Ezekiel's primary
calling was to those Jews who had already gone into
captivity in Babylon:

"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one
according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn
yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall
not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your
transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a
new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of
Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that
dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and
live ye." (Ezekiel 18:30-32)

Notice again the emphasis of the Prophet's message:

"WHY WILL YE DIE?...TURN YOURSELVES AND LIVE YE."

The Lord repeats the very same message in the thirty-third
chapter where He says through Ezekiel:

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no
pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked
turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil
ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
(Ezekiel 33:11)

Clearly the Lord does not take pleasure in the death of the
wicked. In the New Testament, the Lord inspired the Apostle
Peter to write the following in his second Epistle:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

Concerning His own Ministry, even Jesus said that He had not
come to destroy, but rather to seek and to save that which
was lost:

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
was lost." (Luke 19:10)

So again, the Prophet Ezekiel raises the question in the
previous verse:

'TURN YE, TURN YE...FOR WHY WILL YE DIE?'

Despite the hundreds of years that the Lord warned Israel to
turn from her idolatry and her wicked ways, He knew that she
would not listen, just as she will not listen today; that is
why the Lord said through the Prophet Jeremiah:

"But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and
I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye
in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be
well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their
ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of
their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. Since
the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of
Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my
servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending
them: Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their
ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their
fathers. Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto
them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also
call unto them; but they will not answer thee. But thou
shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the
voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth
is perished, and is cut off from their mouth."
(Jeremiah 7:23-28)

Considering the previous examples of Jewish stubbornness, it
should come as no surprise that despite its size, military
might, and economic and political power, the United States
Government under American President Bill Clinton has once
again been embarrassed, and has clearly proven itself to be
too weak to do anything to remedy the dangerous situation
brewing in the Middle East. From a parental perspective,
America has simply lost control of her child; and it was
indeed in part through American nurturing and economic and
political support, that Israel was first recognized as a
nation fifty years ago. In fact, to this day, Israel
continues to enjoy the highest level of American foreign aid
per capita than any other nation in the world!

The tiny nation of Israel, with barely six million citizens
has once again shown in a very clear manner, that it is not
about to yield to Arab and American demands. While the
United States has suggested a thirteen per cent pullback
from the occupied territory of the West Bank, Israel insists
that she is willing to surrender no more than nine per cent
of the disputed area. In addition, Prime Minister Netanyahu
has made clear that, based on her security requirements,
Israel alone will be the one to determine the extent of any
pullbacks from the West Bank. Surely, such a defiant
position can only serve to hasten her downfall, or at least
the downfall of the current Israeli government.

As some of you are aware, numerically speaking, before it is
over, 1998 may prove to be a very significant year. As I
have mentioned before, this is because it is the year of the
triple 666. In other words, 666 plus 666 plus 666 equals
1998. Although I have never looked deeply into Biblical
numerology, such as in the case of the purported Torah
codes, I personally cannot simply ignore what may be an
obvious sign from the Lord. As I have also pointed out
before, 1998 also represents Israel's jubilee; that is, the
fiftieth year since the Jews declared themselves a nation on
May 14, 1948. This is a very special year for the Jews as
mandated by the Mosaic Law:

"And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee,
seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths
of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt
thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth
day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye
make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye
shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it
shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man
unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his
family. A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye
shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in
it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For
it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat
the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this
jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession. And if
thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy
neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another:"
(Leviticus 25:8-14)

The word 'jubilee' is actually derived from the Hebrew word
'yowbel' or 'yobel', pronounced yo-bale', which is actually
the ram's horn trumpet or cornet used during certain Jewish
festivals and ceremonies. In many cases, the 'y' sound in
Hebrew is transliterated as a 'j' sound in English as in
Jehovah, Joshua, etc. The yobel is also known as the shofar,
or shophar.

As can be seen by the previous verses, the fifty-year
jubilee is supposed to be a year of forgiveness, of liberty,
of freedom from personal debts, etc. Considering the current
status of the failed peace talks, is it possible that the
1998 fifty-year jubilee might turn out to be something very
different from what many people are expecting? If you have
been paying close attention to my comments and to my many
articles, then you already know that for quite some time
now, I have been saying that I wouldn't be surprised if war
breaks out before the end of this year, possibly by this
summer. Would the world be surprised if Yasser Arafat were
to declare war on the Jewish state exactly on May 14th as
his present to Israel? These talks have been seriously
stalled for a full year now, and no one has been able to get
them back on track. While there are many complex issues
involved in these talks, according to the Scriptures, the
basic problem is really just one:

"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised
is wisdom." (Proverbs 13:10)

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

Both the Israelis and the Palestinians have clearly spelled
out their positions; and neither side is willing to budge
one inch. They both feel that they have compromised their
positions as much as they possibly can. Likewise, they both
believe that they have been as patient with each other as
long as they possibly can. Palestinian Authority President
Yasser Arafat has pointedly said that what Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu offers his people is 'peanuts'; and that
was his exact word. On the other hand, Netanyahu claims that
he cannot possibly make any further concessions without
jeopardizing Israeli security; this despite the fact that
Israel has never fulfilled the original withdrawl agreement
currently supported by the United States of America and the
United Nations.

In all sincerity we must ask ourselves: Can this situation
possibly be neutralized without resulting in another
fullscale Arab-Israeli war? At this point in time, it is my
view that it would require something almost miraculous. The
literal millennia of pride and arrogance which have separated
these two peoples is not something which will easily be
overcome in a matter of a few weeks, months or years. As I
have mentioned in some of my Endtime articles, it may be
that we will witness a terrible war in the Middle East
before a seven-year peace accord is brokered; an agreement
which, according to my understanding of certain Scriptures,
seems doomed to failure from the start. I encourage you to
read some of my other articles for more details concerning
this most important topic.

Considering how thin patience has become in both camps, it
may very well be that the only thing holding back another
war, is the sobering realization by both Mr. Netanyahu and
Mr. Arafat, that once this war begins, it may be the most
difficult to stop; in fact, it may be impossible to stop
until one side has been completely obliterated; and not just
by conventional means! As I was working on this article, I
happened to hear some baby chicks outside my window being
led by their mother hen; and immediately the following
verses came to me:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I
have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your
house is left unto you desolate." (Matthew 23:37-38)

Perhaps you may consider the above incident to be a mere
coincidence; however, I believe that it is a confirmation
sign from the Lord. Sometime in the future, possibly very
soon, I believe that Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, is
going to be invaded and brought to desolation; just as she
has been a number of times in the past by the Romans, by the
Babylonians, and by other nations which the Lord has sent to
judge her. I have discussed this very same topic in a number
of my articles. Sadly, the Jews just never seem to learn
their lesson. The Lord wants to hold them and love them like
that mother hen leading those chicks, but they won't have
anything to do with Him; at least not yet. Let me remind you
again of the prophecy from Zechariah. Jerusalem will be
invaded and conquered; and half of the city, most likely the
eastern half, is going to go into captivity:

"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be
divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations
against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken,
and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of
the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of
the people shall not be cut off from the city."
(Zechariah 14:1-2)

Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians have made clear that they
won't settle for anything less than having East Jerusalem as
the capital of their Palestinian State. In their hearts they
probably already know that they are not going to achieve
their objectives by any other means than through war. In my
view, they have shown the world that they have tried to
resolve the situation through patience and diplomatic means.
While it is true that radical elements within their midst
have done some very atrocious things which have cost the
lives of many, the Palestinians are by no means alone in
their guilt. There is no innocent party in this current war
of words. The Israelis are equally to blame as various
exposes of the behind-the-scenes operations of the Mossad
have shown. Likewise, the current Jewish treatment of the
Palestinians as marked, card-carrying corralled animals
under constant military observation is totally
unjustifiable.

For those of you who may object to this point of view,
consider for a moment how you would feel if your community
was suddenly placed under what basically amounts to a severe
form of undeclared martial law. Suppose that this situation
was declared, not because your community had really done
something wrong, but only because there was a suspicion that
someone in your community might do something wrong. How
would you personally feel about this? Undoubtedly, you would
feel quite angered and upset about it. Suppose you and your
neighbors decide to complain to the authorities and tell
them that it was a totally unjustifiable action. Wouldn't
you be quite surprised if, rather than being treated with
decency and respect, you are either imprisoned, roughed up
and questioned, or at the very least you are blacklisted as
a possible troublemaker? If so, consider then some of the
other possible effects that martial law might have on you
and your community:

1. Food is rationed and in short supply at your local
supermarket.

2. It is difficult, if not impossible, for you to get to
your place of work on time, if your job even still
exists.

3. Your basic utilities such as power and water have
become unreliable due to the declared state of
emergency.

4. Tension is extremely high as neighbors begin to lose
trust in each other and in their government.

5. Your patience and forebearance become almost
non-existent, and you are plagued with bouts of
depression.

6. Price-gauging has become a common occurence and your
money no longer meets your basic needs.

7. Your children are traumatized because on their way to
school everyday, they are forced to pass by checkpoints
manned by armed guards who are already under a lot of
pressure due to previous protests by angered citizens.

8. Your comunication with the outside world is monitored
and possibly restricted.

9. Periodically a law-abiding neighbor in your community is
unexpectedly taken in for questioning, and is then
placed under arrest without any apparent reason and
without due process of law. You are told he or she is a
drug dealer although you know it really isn't true.

10. You are accidentally shot, and possibly killed, because
one of the young nervous armed guards mis-judged a move
you made, or an expression on your face.

11. You are taken in for questioning or arrested simply
because you simply happen to know a certain person,
or because you are of a certain race.

12. You are placed under house-arrest for no apparent reason.

13. Your house is ransacked and/or destroyed by authorities
while you are away at work. Neighbors are told you had a
bomb factory in the cellar, even though everyone knows
you to be a law-abiding citizen.

14. Your husband or wife is arrested under unsubstantiated
charges while your children look on and cry in shock.

15. When you are out shopping, going to work or school, or
taking care of personal business, you are taunted and
jeered at by those of another ethnic group who don't
like you.

If you think the above list is a bit exaggerated, then
perhaps you should look closer at some areas of the world
where one ethnic group is oppressed by another. If you do,
you will quickly discover that the above points are rather
accurate; and that there are worse things happening which I
haven't even mentioned such as group executions, torture,
rape, etc. These symptoms may not all be present at the same
time in any given situation, but some of them will be
present. Perhaps while you are looking for a place where
things of this nature might be occurring, you might want to
take a closer look at areas such as the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip. Undoubtedly, some of you who have been well-
indoctrinated by your respective government might be
tempted to think:

"Now just wait a minute! Those Palestinians are terrorists!
They deserve everything that is happening to them! Have you
already forgotten about the victims of those crazy suicide
bombers? Every one of those Palestinians is probably
mentally-unbalanced! Just watch, read or listen to American
or Israeli news! That will clear up any doubts you may have
about them! They're dangerous people!"

To answer the rhetorical question in the previous fictitious
albeit realistic reaction, no, I haven't forgotten about the
suicide bombers; but neither have I forgotten about all of
the innocent Palestinians who have been unfairly detained,
arrested and/or imprisoned, beat up, shot at, wounded or
killed by nervous Israeli soldiers armed with real bullets;
while the Palestinians, some of them of school age, have
only been armed with rocks. While it is true that you can
harm a person with a rock, from a long distance, which is
usually the case in these incidents, a metal bullet is much
more accurate and deadly; even if it is rubber-coated. Let
me make it clear that, as my political articles will reveal,
I am not politically motivated; however, as a Christian with
a conscience for standing up for what is right, I do believe
in trying to look at things fairly as God sees them and not
as biased men tend to see them. As the Lord told the Prophet
Samuel when he was erroneously going to anoint Jesse's
eldest son Eliab as the new king of Israel:

"...Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his
stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not
as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but
the LORD looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

If the above happens to be your point of view concerning the
Palestinians, allow me to ask you a few things. Suppose it
is believed that a suspected terrorist has purchased some of
his 'bomb supplies' in your town's hardware store. Because
of this suspicion, the F.B.I., (the Federal Bureau of
Investigation in America), decides to arrest the store owner
and all of his employees under suspicion of possibly being
accomplices to the crime. Later, the whole town is placed
under martial law because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, (BATF), is suspicious that some kind of large
underground terrorist organization might be working out of
it. In other words, they believe that that one suspected
terrorist is just the tip of the iceberg. It later turns out
that the man accused of being a terrorist simply bought a
few screws there in order to fix a loose panel on his
pick-up truck. Of course, that part of the story is never
published in the newspaper; and even though the man's
reputation has been severely tarnished, to the point that he
has lost both his job and friends, the government states
that it is not in the business of offering apologies, even
when it has been wrong.

Here is another example. How would you feel if, because it
is discovered that a suicidal bomber was living in your city
at the time he committed a certain horrible crime, your
city's image is marred to the point that the economy is
affected negatively by it; and anyone travelling outside of
your city is treated with prejudice and disrespect, simply
because they are associated with that city? Or consider
this: Suppose a serial killer is living in the apartment
below you where he secretly sexually abuses unwary women;
and then cooks up a nice stew every week so that there won't
be any evidence. Are the police going to come in and arrest
everyone living in that apartment complex under suspicion
that they might all be related to the serial killer/chef
extraordinaire and thus possibly have similar culinary
tastes?

Finally, consider the issue of a certain militia group
living in some remote area of a certain state within the
United States of America. Here is a group of men who, like
many Americans, are becoming a bit upset with the way the
American Government is running things. They are tired of the
political, moral and spiritual corruption they see around
them; so they decide that they are going to do things there
own way; even if some of their activities are considered on
the border of breaking the law. Regardless of what their
real crimes are or are not, is the Government of the United
States going to clamp down on the whole state where they are
located just because of those few men who had a mind of
their own?

I am sure you understand that the above examples are simply
to serve to emphasize a few key points. For example, you
can't punish a whole town, community, city, state, country
or ethnic group because of the crimes or negative actions
committedd by one or a few individuals. You can't begin to
treat everyone with suspicion and disrespect simply because
a few people have gone to the extreme in their views and in
their actions. You cannot simply throw a particular race of
people all into one lump and stereotype them, that is, make
sweeping generalizations concerning what they are like, how
they think or what they might do. The Scriptures clearly
tell us that the Lord does not like a false balance; and
that can be applied to many things in life, and not just to
weights and measurements. In fact, when you do stereotype a
person, you are measuring them against what you personally
view as normal and right:

"A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just
weight is his delight." (Proverbs 11:1)

"Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a
false balance is not good." (Proverbs 20:23)

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul also offered some
wise advice when he wrote:

"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at
hand." (Philippians 4:5)

To stereotype someone is being biased, narrowminded and
prejudiced to the extreme. Not everyone is a serial killer,
or a cannibal, or a rapist, or a terrorist, or a child
molester, or a drug dealer or a political radical which
plagues the world. If we want to stereotype people, then
maybe all of war-mongering America should be locked up and
the key thrown away! That being the case, why do so many
Americans ignorantly clump together the Palestinians as if
they are all criminals? I am sure there are many fine
Palestinian citizens. They are fathers, mothers, children,
working people, students, etc., just like you and I. The
majority of them are probably struggling to survive much
more than the average American family. Thank the Lord, some
of them are even Christians. I wouldn't be surprised if
there are more Palestinian Christians than Jewish
Christians; although I wish in reality that they all were.

A subjugated and controlled people like the Palestinians can
only endure so much unjustified abuse and slander of their
character. Not all Palestinians are evil criminals any more
than all Americans are evil criminals. Actually, I wouldn't
be surprised if the Americans have them beat! As we have
seen in other parts of the world, eventually, the oppressed
masses run out of patience and resort to less-than-honorable
means to pursue their goals of political, economic, social
and religious freedom. While it is not right for them to
resort to violence, neither is it right for them to remain
oppressed. In my view, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
the Israeli government have been exposed to the world for
what they truly are. It seems a bit ironic to me that a
people who once felt the ire of Adolf Hitler, the wrath of
the Inquisition, the sword of the Crusaders, the brutal
might of Rome, the force of Nebuchadnezzar, and the lashes
of the slave masters of Egypt, should now in these Last Days
treat another people, their half-brothers no less, with
equal disdain and disrespect. I am sure that Cecil B. De
Mille would agree.

In conclusion, I must again ask: 'Oh Israel, why will ye
die? Soon the Lord will allow you to be judged by your
enemies for your sin of unbelief. You are no better than
those you oppress. Perhaps you are worse. At least some of
the Palestinians have accepted the Lord, while you continue
to resist Him with your manmade laws. As Jesus said to the
unbelieving Jews of His day:

"...O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be
with you? how long shall I suffer you?" (Matthew 17:17a)

Just prior to being stoned to death by the unbelieving Jews,
the martyr Stephen also cried out:

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do
always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do
ye." (Acts 7:51)

God is very patient, but even He has a limit and a set time
for everything. Your time has just about run out. What will
you do about it?


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